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21 weeks after my lisfranc surgery, my pain level when walking has significantly decreased with some steps that are completely pain free. 
 
My physical therapist gave me a band which I use for my  stretching exercises.  I have found that if I do these exercises in the morning, it helps take the stiffness out of my foot for the rest of the day.
 
 

Physical therapy after lisfranc surgery

             Here are the other exercises I do daily to help me
                                 recover flexibility. 


 (These exercises are hand tailored for me at 21 weeks following lisfranc surgery and may not be right for you.  Check with your Doctor, surgeon or physical therapist before doing any of these exercises as your needs and abilities may be different from mine.)

Lisfranc physical therapy exercises at 21 weeks after surgery

In addition, I am walking on the treadmill for 6 minutes at 1.5 MPH and walking backward on the treadmill for 2 minutes at .8 MPH.

My insurance authorized 20 physical therapy sessions and when I used them all and was only 45 -50% recovered, my physical therapist fought hard to get me 8 more sessions.  I have only 2 sessions left and am not ready to say “good-bye” to the safety of the therapy room.  And I am dreading saying good-bye to my therapist who has painstakingly taught me to walk again……

 
 
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21 weeks post lisfranc surgery

 
 
 
 
 
After 21 weeks of lisfranc surgery recovery I can now easily stand on my tip toes AND keep my balance without hanging on to the counter.
 
21 weeks after lisfranc surgery

My physical therapist told me I was about 65% – 70% of the way to full recovery.  I resisted the urge to hug him when I heard this news.  
 

 
21 weeks post lisfranc surgery left side view

 
In physical therapy this week, my therapist tied both my legs together with a band and had me walking sideways.  This action put a lot of pressure on the inside of my recovering foot which is where most of my pain still resides.
I was pleased this new exercise didn’t cause any additional pain, but rather gave me new confidence in being able to side step.
 
lisfranc surgery scar week 21
 
 
I can now walk not only forwards and backwards, I can walk sideways pain free.  This new ability came in handy when my husband and I went to a movie and had to crawl over people by side stepping  to our seats.
 
21 weeks post lisfranc surgery right side view
 
Having gained confidence in my ability to move in any direction, I am experimenting with leaving my cane in the car.
 
 
To remain pain free, I have to walk slowly but I can now maneuver out of the way if need be.  I am continually amazed at how fast everyone walks and wonder why everyone always seems to be in a hurry.  It is like I am moving in slow motion and everyone else in fast forward. 
 
If I try to speed up, pain takes over, so for now, I will be content to watch the blur of people darting past me.
 
21 weeks post lisfranc surgery
 
 
 
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